Chuck Grassley Memo Comes Next – Question Surrounds FBI Knowledge of Steele Shopping Dossier To Media…

Democrats, media, and the aggregate DOJ/FBI intelligence community are finally seeing accountability.  With the HPSCI memo now in the rear-view mirror, and the content in the bloodstream of the U.S. electorate, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is next.

Toward the end of December, the FBI provided the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, with FBI investigative documents (likely FD-302’s) from their contacts with Christopher Steele.  According to most reasonable timing we can discover Steele met with FBI officials sometime around October 1st, 2016.

From the U.K. lawsuit against Christopher Steele (pdf here), Steele admits to having shopped the Clinton-Steele dossier to U.S. media outlets “in person” in late September (New York Times, WaPo, New Yorker and CNN), and mid-October, 2016 (New York Times, WaPo, and Yahoo News), per instructions from Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS):

(Source – Page #8, pdf)

Additionally, in late October, 2016, Christopher Steele briefed Mother Jones via Skype.

According to the released HPSCI intelligence memo, the FBI sought a FISA application based on the Steele Dossier on October 21st, 2016.  From those UK court records at least two briefings with reporters, containing five outlets, took place prior to the FBI using the Clinton-Steele dossier in their FISA application.

The “late September” briefings with the New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo News, New Yorker and CNN took place prior to Christopher Steele meeting with FBI officials early October.   The implication therein is that the FBI had to know prior to their October 21st, 2016, court application that the information they were presenting to the FISA court was being heavily shopped to media outlets. This would be immediately disqualifying.

However, in yesterday’s released HPSCI memo, it is noted that Christopher Steele lied to the FBI about those media engagements taking place.  See:

The HPSCI memo notes the FBI relationship with Christopher Steele was terminated after the FISA application (Oct. 21st, 2016), as a result of the Mother Jones article from October 30th, 2016.  Media contact by an FBI material witness is immediately disqualifying.

The question is: did the FBI submit the FISA application under false pretenses?  Did the FBI actually know Christopher Steele was shopping the dossier to the media prior to their FISA court submission?

The HPSCI memo gives the FBI the benefit of doubt by presuming the FBI were unaware or “lied to“.   The FD-302’s (FBI investigative interview notes), which appear to have been turned over to Senate Chairman Chuck Grassley, would contain the evidence to support the FBI being duped – OR – show the FBI knew, and proceeded in using the dossier despite disqualifying knowledge of media involvement.

The answers to those important questions appear to be the looming in the FBI classified documents behind the Grassley criminal referral.

In an effort to get the answer to those questions into sunlight; and with the understanding that Chairman Grassley has the FBI documents; Grassley has produced a memo for declassification that facilitates understanding how the FBI used the Clinton-Steele dossier.

Like the underlying documents behind the HPSCI (Nunes) memo, the Grassley memo cannot declassify the underlying information (ie. the FBI FD-302’s).  However, unlike the process in the House, Senator Grassley cannot declassify the memo and submit it for public review without approval from the DOJ, Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

On January 5th, 2018,  The Grassley Memo approach surfaces. Grassley issues a statement on the reason for the criminal referral. He lets us know that he ALSO has a classified memo that he is trying to get released! Unlike Nunes he needs to go through DOJ:

January 24th, 2018, Grassley Speech: “Hiding From Tough Questions” – In his 17 minute speech Grassley reveals important details about his investigation into Steele and the FBI.

Thanks to the brilliant work of DaveNYviii we can walk through this carefully, and watch the outline in a logical sequence.

FIRST – The Criminal Referral:

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SECOND – The Discrepancies: “If those [FBI] documents are not true, and there are serious discrepancies that are no fault of Mr. Steele, then we have another problem—an arguably more serious one.

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THIRD – The Grassley Memo: “Judiciary Cmte has access to the same information that House Intel Cmte saw before drafting ITS SUMMARY MEMO. Our committee doesn’t have the same authority to release classified information. We have to rely on the agency to review & potentially DECLASSIFY OUR MEMO”:

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In his speech, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley lets us know that unlike Devin Nunes and the HPSCI he has to get agency approval (DOJ) to declassify his memo.

Chairman Nunes had the clearance and a process to release his memo to the Full House, Executive Branch and then to the public. Senator Grassley does not have that same process or clearance availability… Yet.

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1,349 Responses to Chuck Grassley Memo Comes Next – Question Surrounds FBI Knowledge of Steele Shopping Dossier To Media…

  1. David Reznor says:

    Exact dates are absolutely crucial, and one of the favorite tricks of the Deep State and bad actors is to provide VAGUE DATES (e.g., month only) of WRONG DATES. This is described by author Ashton Gray in “The CIA Psyops of Watergate and Beyond” as “THE MANIPULATION OF TIME.” I’ve posted the link here several times before, but you can find it with a search engine.

    It cannot be overstated how crucial exact dates are in issues such as these; they can startlingly reveal cross-currents and interactions of people and events that would be completely unrecognized otherwise—and that’s *exactly* why bad actors keep dates as vague as possible whenever possible.

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    • David Reznor says:

      Meant “or WRONG DATES.” Typo. Sorry.

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      • AsksTooManyQuestions says:

        Don’t you wish WordPress let you edit your post? Just give me a 60 second window to realize my OOPS!

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      • Susan Sloate says:

        Serious question: Comey stated he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary’s emails just a few days before the election, when Rosenstein (I think) had sat on them FOR A MONTH. Comey, I’m presuming, wanted Hillary to win, as demonstrated by his giving her a pass in July and exonerating her before ever sitting her down to question her.

        If all this is true, WHY did Comey re-open that investigation in October? He had to know it would affect the outcome of the election. What was in it for him, especially if he was going to exonerate her YET AGAIN, just before people went to the polls?

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        • Janie May says:

          I’ve wondered that as well. I kind of wonder if he was demanding more money from Hillary and she refused…who says bad guys have aligned interests?

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        • Jenni says:

          J.Edgar Hoover
          Comey was playing both sides just in case that 1 in a million chance Hillary would lose. Comey was covering himself when he shocked the world stating Loretta Lynch told him to call it a Matter…Comey had no reason to disclose this. IMO Comey was doing a J. Edgar Hoover and one thousand times worse…Hoover wasn’t taking down the entire U.S. Constitution and selling the United States to the Globalist.

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        • Joshua2415 says:

          Because the NYPD found government emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop when they were looking for his kiddy porn and told the FBI about it. Comey had to do the reopen charade so that he could pretend to review those emails. I doubt anyone did anything with them but hit th delete key.

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          • Laure Scaturo says:

            I remember hearing something about the NYPD telling the Feds to come clean on the find or they would…something about the NYPD keeping a copy…

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            • G. Combs says:

              REMEMBER weenie Wiener’s computer was picked up in MANHATTAN NY.
              Daily Mail UK, Aug 7, 2017 – “Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner has been ‘truly ostracized’ in his Manhattan apartment building, residents have claimed…”
              ….

              Geoffrey Berman, a partner of RUDY GULIANI, named US Attorney for southern district on New York. News Week — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday named Geoffrey Berman to succeed Preet Bharara as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York [Manhattan] on an interim basis
              …..

              Comey, REALLY REALLY did not want any possibility that weenie Wiener’s computer would show up in court with someone like Geoffrey Berman as prosecuting attorney. Therefore he had Peter Strzok look at it and say everything was OK no laws broken.

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            • Beverly says:

              The guys in the New York FBI office were LIVID that Comey was sitting on Hildabeast’s emails: they had threatened to go public with them.

              Comey’s response was to announce that he had reopened the investigation, then after half an hour (sarc/, actually over the weekend!) claim that his minions had examined “all 33,000 emails and found Nothing, Nothing to see here!” and then RE-close the “investigation” with a Bang.

              IOW, he wanted to steal their thunder and innoculate the She-dog against prosecution for treason.

              Also: we have only the She-dog’s word for it that there were “33,000” emails, or that she had “only” destroyed some “30,000 more.” And hey, we all know that the b***h is a woman of her word.

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            • Dave Leary says:

              You are right. I had forgotten that, but now I remember.

              FBI was suddenly between a rock and a hard place. If they tell NYPD the emails are nothing, NYPD releases them. So they have to address them.

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          • Lack is not all says:

            Yes Joshua. It was Comey’s way to snatch the lap top from NYPD , re open the investigation.

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          • skifflegirl says:

            Bingo! I remember that well. I believe that the FBI demanded that NYPD give them the laptop evidence, but the NYPD said “ok, but we’ll keep a copy, just in case.” It was the NYPD that forced Comey’s hand because they were ready to go public and leak the laptop contents.

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        • jmc says:

          Levers to control killary once in office. All of this is about control.

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        • Doppler says:

          I think Comey reopened it under pressure from career prosecutors and FBI officials who were not part of the small number of people actively working to exonerate Clinton, especially those who felt Clinton had gotten the royal treatment undeservedly. Those people would have been especially self-righteous if in looking at the laptop some of those New York investigators saw evidence of crimes. I hope the IG has made an independent review of the Weiner laptop, the DWS laptop, and anything else leftover from Clinton’s email server. I hope they have secured FISA warrants to go back and review the NSA’s records of those same communications.

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          • spren says:

            Why has there been a virtual shutout of the Anwan brothers laptop seized by the Capitol Hill Police (DWS). I’ve also heard, uncorroborated, that this investigation was being led by DWS’s brother, and that the laptop has gone missing. Why the complete absence of any information on this episode? I Sessions working beneath the surface on this case?

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          • Chuck Arnold says:

            If that’s the case, then where are all of these FBI agents that people seem to think are honest joe’s, why don’t they come forward?

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        • Newt Love says:

          Comey sat on the Weiner / Huma email issue to wait it out. He then realized that if he did nothing, an Obstruction of Justice count could be filed against him for NOT DEALING with the “matter.”
          So Comey jumps into the news cycle, and a few days later, clears HRC again, and Huma and Weiner as a freebie to HRC.
          Comey has coverage against a charge that the FBI was negligent in their duties, and HRC is cleared again before the election.
          In Comey’s mind, he’s innocent and a Demi-God in the Liberal Pantheon. He thought he was glorious.
          To bad it hasn’t worked out for him. I hope that Comey gets a jail cell in the NBA wing.

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        • Comey was covering himself. He had already promised the House that he would notify the House if any further information came to light.
          The finding of those new emails couldn’t be kept secret because NYPD knew about them. So Comey had to say he was re-opening the investigation. But of course, he then said…withing a couple days….that there was nothing there.

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        • Xbox says:

          Others, outside the FBI knew about the emails found on the laptop. The FBI, being McCabe, sat on the emails found on Weiner/Abedin’s laptop for over three weeks. Comey, alledgedly when he found out, went to Congress. If they didn’t release they knew and she won, there would be no way in hell the FBI could let her off as they would all go down on corruption charges when it eventually leaked, and it would leak as the FBI has already lost containment of the facts.

          As it was, everyone thought she had a huge lead, even after this was released the MSM and polls still had her comfortably winning. Remember all the crying on CNN on election night, complete shock.

          It appears Comey got played from above and below. If you look at his recent texts, he could me talking to McCabe and Lynch. Lynch played him when she got caught with Clinton on the tarmac. She recused herself basically and Garvey Comey the hot seat. Comey should have refused and played the card that read “The FBI is an investigation agency” and the Deputy AG should heave been on the hook. From below, looks like he got played by McCabe, Page, and Strzok and possibly others that were invested in Hillary winning as they already played their cards on giving Mills and Abedin immunity, letting evidence be destroyed, and not following procedure on documenting their interviews to standards.

          Well, just my opinions. I’ll let you figure out what Grassley in the Senate is after with the “criminal referral” to the DOJ, and why McCabe was suddenly fired when the IG put a wrapped package on Wray’s desk. These things are happening for a reason and is not because policies and procedures (and laws) were followed.

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        • WSB says:

          McCabe was delaying anything that had to do with that laptop, single-handedly attempting to run the clock out. It was only during a department-wide meeting when one of the NY field office agents asked what the leadership was doing with these emails, that Comey found out that his underlyings were attempting to hide them.

          Comey would have been the one responsible for obstruction of justice if that little nugget had surfaced, so he very quickly devised a strategy to make the finding public and exonerate HRC for a second time in the least amount of time possible.

          Comey must have gone batsh!t, realizing what he had to do.

          [Hi Jim]

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        • Lefty says:

          I was under the assumption that the FBI had to reopen the case n order to get the evidence out of the NYPD’s possession, and into the FBI’s. So they could bury it quickly.

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        • moosemalloy says:

          It coincides with McCabe recusing himself a week before the election.

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        • THEBIGUGLYISFUGLY says:

          First it was McCabe sitting on HRC’s emails, by direction???? Who knows. Lots of speculation surrounding this series of events. Comey was seeing mounting pressure, internally from White Hat FBI Agents as well as from NYPD who had retained the Weiner Laptop in the first place. He had little choice but do what he did. Amazingly, they searched the emails in 3 days, while the State Department took almost 18 months.

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        • PB says:

          I believe it was because he was being told that if he did not announce the discovery of the new emails that agents from the NY field office or NYPD would start leaking info. I want to know how it affected the outcome? Do you know anyone who said I was going to vote Hillary until Comey re-opened the email investigation only to shut it down a couple of days later telling everyone that there was nothing new among the over 600k emails on Weiner’s laptop. It’s garbage for anyone to believe that he hurt Hillary because he exonerated her again 2-3 days later.

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    • Hunter says:

      So true, per the enemy’s M.O….yes?

      …..relative to the lead-off enemy persona grandstanding (lying & obfuscating) against TRUTH…here’s a little background noise he doesn’t want you to know..see below:….(ties heavily into Schiff’s goggle-eyed look)..

      ..enjoy.

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      • Newt Love says:

        I thought CTH was a legit site. After this post, I expect to see posts about BigFoot being elected to Congress in Oregon, and Alien UFO’s dropping people off at political protests.

        Can we keep it ON TOPIC, and not on conspiracy theory tangents?

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        • Hunter says:

          Tell ya what Newt-love, perhaps you should extract your head from from your 4th point of contact..& get off your rump & do some serious research/digging for truth..!!!!
          ..Sundance does & sets an example, per his (long hours) research..what are you doing???
          ..quaffing beers, eating pizza/pasta & pontificating on safe & confirmed threads???

          Have you investigated/looked into the rampant perversion/queer/pedophilia/child trafficking angle, that which permeates the upper echelons of our society/corps/govt & religious leadership??? What about the manifold sealed indictments, many are speculating on recently?
          Man-up dude…the linked vid was intended to focus upon A.S. ties to child trafficking & homo-perversion connections…
          Defending homo-perverts via associating them w/ big-foot & space aliens..is stuff best reserved for table talk at COMET PING-PONG…..

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    • Chuck Arnold says:

      Speaking of dates and times, has anyone else noticed that the Post joking about the Train wreck made by Bill Krystal, that he deleted 14 minutes after he posted them, were made before the train wreck happened.

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  2. Louie says:

    A few questions and a thank you to Sundance for the exhaustive research. John McCain actively participated in this scheme by tranfering the dossier from fusion to the FBI. Who told him through David Kramer of its existence, and could this also been used on subsequent FISA extension requests to validate the continued data mining. Is there any possibility that Mueller could be working for the white hats? Ugh, I know, haven’t been smoking and don’t drink.

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    • D. Manny says:

      There’s something like 13,000 sealed indictments. That’s wayyyyy more than was involved in Trump’s admin, so it has to be people other than Trump people.

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      • Cathy Molyneux says:

        Sealed indictments are not unusual.
        That number includes the total for all sealed indictments sealed in All of the U.S. District Courts.
        There are 94 district or trial courts are called U.S. District Courts.
        There is at least one district court in each state, and the District of Columbia.
        Four territories of the U.S. also have U.S. district courts that hear federal cases: Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

        There were 75,034 criminal prosecutions in 2017
        http://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/data_tables/stfj_d2_630.2017.pdf those in

        So yes,only a vary few of those are for Trump associates

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        • G. Combs says:

          From October 30 through November 22, 2017, there were 4,289 sealed indictments filed in all 94 federal District Court Districts in the United States. This is utterly unprecedented in US history. 1100 is the national average. — All back-up files are at: https://tinyurl.com/ya6gmh2u

          That was then updated to Over 9,000 Sealed Indictments in The Epoch Times article.

          Maryaha then says here at the Tree House on January 29, 2018 at 10:35 am
          “David, the count I saw yesterday was 13,605.”

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      Where IS McCain?

      Liked by 6 people

      • holly100 says:

        Was wondering that too. Was he at the State of the Union?

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      • gymcy81 says:

        Getting treatment and recovering…

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      • Kristin says:

        I read he is in his dwelling in Sedona. Did not attend SOTU. He is commenting from his bed.

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      • He’s had an amazing recovery according to his daughter. Ready to come back to DC and maverick his constituents and POTUS.

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      • Nchadwick says:

        No his son I think put out a statement that he is doing better and will be watching the SOTU from home…

        However, yesterday he was fine to put out his own statement – fing lying, traitor..

        Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on partisan attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice:

        “In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

        “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

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        • bofh says:

          Why assume McStain actually wrote the statement? That’s like assuming that anything “written” by Thad Cochran is authentic. At this point, these guys are nothing more than demented useful idiots, used by their “staffs” (i.e. keepers) to push uniParty opinions to the MSM.

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        • spren says:

          Isn’t this just so sickening and disingenous? The memo shows it was the FBI, DOJ, media, DNC, and the Clinton campaign that conspired and colluded to attempt to rig the election. And then after Trump won, they conspired again to undermine him and frame him for false crimes. And if the supposed Russian interference was so profound, why hasn’t there been a shred of evidence of it in the almost two years these fools have been searching for it? Why is Mueller reportedly moving to a new area of obstruction and seemingly abandoning Muh Russia nonsense if there is so much evidence? And why do so many people seem to surmise that Mueller is actually a white hat! What is that based upon?

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        • NYGuy54 says:

          He is evil

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    • Mike van says:

      The honorable j McCain.doesnt like us seeing the memo! Whats up whith that?

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  3. Peter F says:

    The FBI and Media is trying to convince us that the start of all this mess was because Steele hated Trump so much. He hated Trump so much that he put himself at risk with the FBI / CIA / NSA and the larger world intel community.

    I’ve heard he got 12 million for his efforts but is that really enough to have to potentially hide for the rest of his life ? I’m not buying it !!

    I think the real reason the FBI was desperate to surveille Team Trump was because they were afraid Hillary’s deleted 33000 emails were going to surface. The FBI through the NSA knows what was in the deleted emails and it must be bad for them to have committed so may illegal acts. Remember Obama emailed Hillary on her unsecured server.

    They decided they were going to save the day and protect Obama.

    They started the surveillance way before the FISA warrant and they needed to cover their butts once WikiLeaks started making waves.

    This was all an operation to cover Obamas butt.

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    • Kathy says:

      Yes, yes, and YES! And not just Obama and Hillary’s exchanges on email- but how that would lead to the investigation into Obama’s communications with everyone.

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    • piper567 says:

      nyah, nyah, Steele hated Trump.
      All these idiots can process is unjustified or imaginary emotions.
      this makes me SO weary.
      I am SO glad the adults appear to have this.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “I’ve heard he got 12 million for his effort….”

      That is incorrect.
      The Law Firm Perkins Coie got that money ==> Fusion GPS ==> Steele

      THE MONEY TRAIL
      by Treeper pmdea on January 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      1. Daily Mail Australia 10/25/2017 – The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6million legal fees during the period of June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records, while the DNC paid $3.6million in ‘legal and compliance consulting’, according to the Post. but it’s unclear how much of that was related to Fusion GPS.
      June 2015 –Dec 2016= $9.2 Million Dollars

      2. The Federalist Oct 29, 2017 – Obama OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm in 2016, paid nearly $800,000 to Perkins Coie in 2016 alone, according to FEC records. The first 2016 payments to Perkins Coie, classified only as “Legal Services,” were made April 25-26, 2016, and totaled $98,047. A second batch of payments, also classified as “Legal Services,” were disbursed to the law firm on September 29, 2016, and totaled exactly $700,000. Payments from OFA to Perkins Coie in 2017 totaled $174,725 through August 22, 2017.
      2016 $798,047 & 2017 $174,724 = $963,771

      3. The Hill 11/1/2017 – According to a report by Reuters, opposition research firm Fusion GPS told Congress that it paid former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence, $168,000 in 2016. (The Federalist then says) The money from Fusion GPS came from $1.02 million to (ORBIS), who had had received it from the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

      ?= $1.2million paid to Steele/ (ORBIS) ? April 2016 (not just ??? $168,000) – how much of Obama’s money also went to ORBIS?

      Steele is then supposed to pay Russian informants – (not much by the looks of this!!!)
      {If you were Steele would you get involved in this for $168,000 or even 1.2 Mill, even if you thought this wouldn’t be disclosed?? – very strange – that would be chewed up in legal fees by now.} Did Steele/ORBIS receive other monies from GCBH/McCain or what went on here?

      4. Unknown at this time how much Perkins Coie paid GPS Fusion – ????
      5. 10/7/ 2015 — The FBI formally begins an investigation to determine whether Hillary Clinton violated federal criminal statutes by storing or transmitting classified information using her private email server. 2nd investigation of new emails finishes 11/7/2016. – ? Did much of the monies given to Perkins Coie go for legal fees for Hillary email investigation? Or did she even need to pay lawyers as it was already set up/ and Cheryl Mills was her lawyer?
      http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-curious-case-of-cheryl-mills/article/2004156 Sep 3, 2016 – The FBI’s Labor Day weekend document dump regarding its investigation of Hillary Clinton gives those who thought the result was predetermined much to complain about. The FBI’s notes confirm that her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, was among the several lawyers representing Clinton in her FBI investigation. (Lots of monies went to Perkins Coie over this period for what? – the cover up/dossier or other?)

      6. How much did GPS Fusion pay their employee Nellie Ohr, ?George Papadopoulos, and the other conspirators??? All financial records were not obtained from GPS Fusion by Congress.

      7. Who paid Crowdstrike. Was it DNC or was money paid by DNC through Perkins Coie to Crowdstrike, Yep… Scandals Collide Dossier DNC Server Perkins Coie | National Reviewwww.nationalreview.com/corner/…/scandals-collide-dossier-dnc-server-perkins-coieOct 25, 2017 – In its capacity as attorney for the DNC, Perkins Coie – through another of its partners, Michael Sussman – is also the law firm that retained CrowdStrike, the cyber security outfit, upon learning in April 2016 that the DNC’s servers had been hacked….

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    • spren says:

      Sundance has pointed this out many times in his superb analysis. The 702 (16/17) queries started long before the FISA applications gained approval. This was definitely a CYA attempt to lend (and cover) credence to their prior unlawful activities. I believe we have only heard a fraction of the improprieties that are going to ultimately be disclosed by Grassley, Nunes et al.

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    • acenypd says:

      If the NSA has the 33,000 emails, doesn’t that mean that President Trump can request they be handed over to the white hats at the FBI or given to a House or Senate committee?

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  4. Peter G says:

    Were all the FISA warrants approved by one Judge or several different ones?
    Have we considered the possibility that one or more of the FISA Judges are bent and are part of the cabal?

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  5. nigella says:

    Yahoo headline”DOJ says Mueller investigation lawful.”

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  6. lfhbrave says:

    One thing puzzles me much more. It seems everyone now is focusing on FBI/DOJ failing to disclose in the FISA application. But it was absolutely clear the dossier was about Trump, not Cage. Cage was supposed to be the “go-between”. The FISA Judge did not need any disclosure from FBI to understand the severity of the dossier’s subject matter. Knowing it was in the middle of presidential election, knowing wiretapping Cage would pretty much wiretap Trump’s campaign and even Trump himself, would that be a red-flag right there for the Judge? That red flag itself would be more than sufficient a reason to warrant the Judge to ask questions, and such inquiry would have certainly revealed the troubling origin of the dossier.

    The question should not be just about FBI/DOJ’s corruption. It is much more troubling for the FISA court and the Judge who presided this FISA warrant.

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  7. Publius2016 says:

    The road ahead leads to 100% vindication for President Trump! There is no justifiable way they can continue….doesn’t mean they won’t try! Next will be the full exposure of Presidential Daily Briefings as President Trump can now provide supplemental information to Congress…

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  8. MfM says:

    I keep seeing leftists posting that we are headed to the dark days of Joseph McCarthy.

    A couple of times I’ve mentioned that McCarthy was right… had they heard about the Verona Papers?

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  9. TeaForAll says:

    https://twitter.com/search?q=Qanon&src=tyah
    Memo 5 states that Hillary was getting daily Briefings from the Obama admin on Trump campaign
    (Dilly facebook 1)

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  10. Dell Mar says:

    Has Bill Priestap testified before congress in open session or behind closed doors that we should already be aware of? If no, how should we reconcile item 4 from the nunes memo below? I’m not talking about the message, but instead, I’m focused on the messenger.

    4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application.

    Regards
    Dell

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  11. John Adams says:

    How in the hell is the average man supposed to earn a living, raise a family, tend to his home AND find the time to wade into the politics of corruption. i.e., seek the truth. Hell the only thing I’m an “expert” about is my experience.

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  12. gda says:

    Apologies if this has already been covered.

    One takeaway I got from the Memo was that Bruce Ohr is singing like a bird. It must have been him who quoted Steele’s animus toward Trump.

    I am behind on the Papadopoulous thing. One of the Dem talking points was that it was he who started the investigation so never mind about Carter Page. Seems I recall Sundance exploding that myth, but unsure of details.

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    • Chickficshun says:

      The key to the Papa thing? Supossedly they started investigating Papa in July of 2016. The key is that nothing about Papa was used to obtain the first or subsequent FISA’s. Nothing. Because he was trying very hard to set up meetings and they didnt happen. This is important. Very important because he probably was a Clinton plant. Whch is why we need bank records from the law firm Perkins Coie. At that point the FBI had to rely solely on the shoddy dossier. As a matter of fact, the FBI didnt even interview Papa until Jan of 2017. And he only got caught lying because of the emails Trump campaign supplied to Mueller.

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      • gda says:

        Thanks. But if the FBI didn’t even interview Papa until Jan 2017 what on earth is he doing in the Memo. It states that “the Papadopolous information triggered the opening of an FBI counter-intellgence operation in late July 2016..”

        How can these two “facts” be reconciled?

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    • G. Combs says:

      Papadopoop talked to an Aussie in a bar. The ‘drunken tell all’ contained NOTHING BUT PUBLIC AVAILABLE INFO.
      Ron DeSantis: NYT Papadopoulos ‘Russia Probe’ Claim Not What FBI and DOJ Told Congressional Investigators

      However the Aussie, Ambassador Downer, was ALSO involved with the Russians and sale of Australian Uranium.

      Imperator_Rex went into a lot of this:

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  13. Joe says:

    I suggest that you go read the comments of Dems on lib sites.

    They don’t care two shlts about your laws.

    They want the US to become CA and by ANY means necessary.

    Until you wake up to this stark reality, you will be in danger of losing our Republic.

    Forget your rules of engagement. They are an anachronism. In fact, they will be used against you to enslave you.

    We must adopt new ones until this danger has passed.

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    • Eric Kennedy says:

      As I posted, don’t fight with them. Thank them. “This is GREAT! You just gave permission for President Trump to spy on Democrats, gin up fake charges, and jail them based on those fake charges. Thank you! This is awesome!”

      Liked by 4 people

      • Joe says:

        I am fully onboard. Believe me. I wouldn’t bother thanking them however, I would just do it, without warning.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Just as Nunes followed the rules to post the “memo”, the Trump administration needs walk the straight and narrow with respect to the legal aspects of surveillance. To do otherwise makes the Trump Administration no better than Obama’, plus any illegal or actions with even the smallest hint of impropriety will be rightly made public. That will sink Trump as the entire Republican Party would have no choice but to turn on him.

        The actions you are suggesting sound nice but are the very same illicit temptations or overt plans (your choice) that snared Obama, Clinton and anything Democrat in general.

        The democrats are opening the door to initiate a legal investigation, period.

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      • WSB says:

        Perfect, Eric!

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    • billrla says:

      Joe: I agree with your comments and will offer some analogies. The MSM is the Maginot Line. Fixed positions, heavily fortified, with all their immovable firepower pointed in only one direction: Toward Trump. The Insurgency is currently expending resources attacking the MSM frontally. This must stop. The insurgency needs to follow Germany’s strategy and do an end-run around the MSM (Maginot Line). Deeply dug-in, the MSM cannot redirect its fire. Nor can it “see” behind its own line–because the MSM is only looking “east,” toward Trump, and nont “west,” toward the sunlight. If the MSM were to pivot 180 degrees, the MSM would be blinded by sunlight, unable to direct fire at its own rear.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Whenever I read the Globalist bots I realize those all the shovel ready jobs Obama created.

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      Basically we need unconditional surrender. You know – like WWII – where you kill ALL of them and then they quit.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kerri Burns says:

      Nothing will matter until the election/voter fraud in taken care of.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Joe says:

        Kerri, from your keyboard to Trump’s ears.

        Liked by 1 person

        • G. Combs says:

          THAT is why citizenship is on the census forms.

          Here in North Carolina in the last election 22 counties out of 100 had MORE VOTERS than adults actually living in the county!!!

          It is time for he GOP to fight tooth and nail against voter fraud.

          North Carolina barely had a democrat win the governor slot. The result is we LOST voter ID because the challenge in the Supreme Court was never followed up. GRRRrrrrr.

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    • moosemalloy says:

      The WAPO commenters are totally deranged psychotics. No doubt many are paid trolls from Media Matters but a huge percentage are obviously government employees.

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  14. Lindenlee says:

    Unless they take Grassley out.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      SCOTUS Justice Anthony Scalia was murdered.

      No autopsy performed. Body cremated within a day of his death.

      QUOTE: “in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences reported that the practice of allowing lay coroners and justices of the peace to sign death certificates, and the lack of certification and training of death investigative personnel, puts our legal system at risk.”

      QUOTE: ” a murky, rushed death certification has marred the passing of one of the very highest legal figures in the United States”

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      • peace says:

        He is from a close and loving (supposedly) large family here in Illinois Why then did they not insist on an autopsy?

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          A better question is:

          Given that Justice Scalia died a very unexpected and sudden death early in a pivotal election year….

          …..with the ideological balance of the SCOTUS at stake resulting from his unexpected and sudden death…

          …how is it that no autopsy was performed to lay any and all suspicions of foul play to rest…

          …regardless of what the family did or did not want??

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      • Lindenlee says:

        Great loss to our republic.

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  15. WVNed says:

    Fingers are in the wind. I have received 3 calls to take a poll already today.

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  16. AsksTooManyQuestions says:

    The memo mentions (point #5) that it was the Papadopoulos investigation that triggered the counterintelligence investigation in July 2016, not Carter Page.

    Papadopoulos plead guilty to lying to the FBI (over something that seems inconsequential, at least to me). But the fact that the investigation began with him, he was associated (briefly) with the Trump campaign and he did plead guilty to something, is being cited by some as a reason the Nunes memo won’t mean the end to the Muller investigation.

    That logic seems strained to me but I would be very interested in knowing what information, exactly, it took to open that investigation. It’s been reported that was the result of him saying he had been told the Russians had emails embarrassing Hillary Clinton. I had thought that there must be more than that, but after reading the Nunes memo, I wonder. It seems like, if they want, the FBI can open an investigation on pretty thin “evidence.”

    Maybe others know what all was involved, and I’m just not up to speed on that story.

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Papas drunken outburst to the Australian is going to get PDJT impeached /sarc.

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    • gda says:

      I just asked this above.

      “But if the FBI didn’t even interview Papa until Jan 2017 what on earth is he doing in the Memo. It states that “the Papadopolous information triggered the opening of an FBI counter-intelligence operation in late July 2016..”

      How can these two “facts” be reconciled?”

      Strzok was the one who purportedly “opened the counter-intelligence operation in late July 2016”. So was this a lie? Is it in the Memo deliberately?

      Colour me puzzled. I recall one of the scum-suckers (Brennan? Clapper?) saying that he never heard the name Papadopolous AT ALL. And he would have known. MUST have known. So was HE lying about Papa? If so, why?

      Sundance, someone, please clarify.

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      • DrNo76 says:

        How can these two “facts” be reconciled?” Pap was picked up somehow in surveillance but not interviewed until much later. And that’s the rub for the DOJ/FBI. If he was a key for the investigation, why didnt they approach him? The timimg of his drunken meeting is not precise to when the Dorrier was being used by the DOJ. Also, the idea that you get a FISA warrant based on Papa’s drunken meeting with an Austrian professor is silly.

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  17. The Memo released on Friday is the “Tip of the Iceberg”. The bottom of the Iceberg will be the pedophilia take down of hundreds of well known celebrities, politician and wealthy people across the globe.

    “It’s not a conspiracy theory when there is proof”.- Julian Assange

    #PedoGate #PizzaGate #marinaabramovic #spiritcooking

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Pizza delivery is evil yes. But it is only the means of control.

      Remember the Mafia code:
      1. Make sure they owe you (i.e., favors)
      2. Make sure you have something on them (e.g., pedo.)
      3. Break some legs, intimidate (i.e., Rosenstien)
      4 Make sure to have a bullet with their name on it (Killery’s dead list)

      The reason for control is to steal the wealth, labor and lives of the world.

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    • chick20112011 says:

      I want to see the entire iceberg, before it melts. Hit them hard, non-stop with EVERYTHING.

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  18. Campesino says:

    Oh, my!

    It appears that two witnesses have come forward to say that in a meeting with (I presume) members of Nunes’ committee, Rosenstein threatened to subpoena the phone calls and texts of committee members if they didn’t back off

    http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/breaking-second-source-comes-forward-claims-rosenstein-threatened-nunes-house-intel-didnt-stop-investigation/

    Meeting held on January 10, 2018.

    An obvious abuse of power illegal under 18 USC 242.

    A set-up to take Rosenstein off the table?

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    • Matthew LeBlanc says:

      I sure hope so. Let’s see if Wray corroborates what is being reported. If so, game over for Rosenstein.

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    • Mark L. says:

      He is a goner.

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    • Hmmm.
      Somehow something is fishy about this. Fishy as in the story doesn’t pass the smell test.

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      The memo release says they didn’t back off. Rosey, are you going for Mafia rule #4? Your name on that?

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Before breaking out the ropes and pitchforks, allot more context and information is needed. There is nearly as much hysteria being spewed by some right wingers as is by the democrats.
      Rosenstein at have essentially been (rightly) laying down the law about leaks and disclosure of materials not authorized by DoJ.
      I have a feeling that there is the potential for Rosenstein, within the next 1-2 weeks, to hold meeting with Mueller; hank him for his service and close down his operation on legal grounds (the basis justifying the Special Counsel is now moot) and after 1 year all that Mueller has done is confirm potential wrong doing that was already being followed by the FBI and DoJ. With respect to Mueller’s findings, Rosenstein could even give him a soft backhanded slap for screwing the surveillance of Page, Mannfort, Gates, Flynn, etc.

      Note in the memo, Nunes left room for the excuse that Rosenstein was duped by Comey, the guy he fired.

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      • Kim Kelly says:

        Nunes didnt write this Memo…Gowdy and investigators did. Nunes never saw the evidence…he sent Gowdy to see this info. Everyone is forgetting that we still dont know what Nunes saw in the White House SCIF that prompted him to tell the POTUS and hold his presser. I think the point of these investigations is oversight and removing corruption. If we make it about vindicating Trump and stopping the SC…we are no longer separating partisan politics from upholding our Constitutional Republic and are behaving the same way our fellow citizens on the left. The other side of the same coin. We simply do not have ALL of the facts out in the open yet and we dont know what we dont know.

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  19. SR says:

    It’s time for IG report and 2nd memo in next 2 weeks so it keeps pressure going to resign DAG and Mueller to go. After midterm PTrump can appoint 2nd SC for looking Hillary and Obama’s crime.

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  20. gymcy81 says:

    if you use the <- back arrow on your interface, then you can see your note still in editable mode.

    Your prayer (wish) answered?

    Love thy neighbors
    Matthew 22

    p.s. we can see how the backwards, progressive, dem industry is obfuscating Phase 1.
    The more they choose to do so, it is like increasingly getting stuck between a rock, and hard place…with the natural pull of gravity, not in their favor. Quite 'the pickle' of built up, malfeasance getting the light of day, over time.

    Sadly, it does not 'need' to be that way. But some weak parts of human nature's, 'self' create it…

    (eventually, like in the movie 'Darkest Hour', Chamberlain, also caught in a pickle via their own malfeasance (leader of Britain pacifists that would allow facism takeover, without a fight ) wiped his brow with the handerchief (and more truth and the cause of freedom was allowed to be faught for, by many, many, more.)

    imho

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    • WSB says:

      And Winston Churchill also survived the Chamberlain coup. That was a wonderful movie to see. Not to mention the recorded history!

      Many parallels to what we are living today.

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  21. albrevin says:

    AG Sessions now has the opening he needs. He should appoint a Special Prosecutor to look into abuse of the FISA court process as a criminal investigation. Has zero to do with campaign related stuff. It could span now into way before the election process and into the transition as well as year 1 of the administration. It could specifically name current and past individuals, including Rosenstein, Comey, Priestep, Ohers, Strzok, Page and even prior players.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      That will take a year to conclude.

      A Grand Jury can investigate and it’s 16-23 people,so it’s closer to the People.

      Sessions will go according to DOJ precedents and history on internal investigations.
      First, the IG report and then, I think, a special Grand Jury will use ‘clean FBI’ from around the country to come in and do the investigation and get indictments.

      Faster, and better.

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  22. Not to sound like a downer, but what are the chances that the DoJ will actually approve this release? They sandbagged the hell out of the Nunes memo.

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  23. Chickficshun says:

    We need to start a hashtag, make viral. #comeyretestify or something along those lines. Supeona Comey before congress to retestify about his apparent lies to previous congressional hearings.

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  24. youme says:

    Some anonymous source comes crawling out from under a rock…this will be included in the democrat memo…..

    Justice Dept. told court of source’s political influence in request to wiretap ex-Trump campaign aide, officials say

    The Justice Department made “ample disclosure of relevant, material facts” to the court that revealed “the research was being paid for by a political entity,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.

    “No thinking person who read any of these applications would come to any other conclusion but that” the work was being undertaken “at the behest of people with a partisan aim and that it was being done in opposition to Trump,” the official said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-told-court-of-sources-political-bias-in-request-to-wiretap-ex-trump-campaign-aide-officials-say/2018/02/02/caecfa86-0852-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.d9bbd3e22fba

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    • Chickficshun says:

      Declassify the FISA warrant. They are hiding behind it’s classified status. Declassify the FISA’s. All of them.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bull Durham says:

        Concur. Redact sources and methods and declassify them all. It’s unconstitutional in the first place. And what has it gotten us? Like the whole Patriot Act. A disgrace.

        Liked by 4 people

        • blind no longer says:

          Yes this is how they keep citizens in the dark. Classification system. You don’t need to know this or that. Great example the 4 page Nunes memo. Top Secret? Give me a break.
          They hide corruption they don’t want the public to see.

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      article written by ellen nakashima…same writer who wrote june 14, 2016 article about a hack of dnc that stole oppo research on trump
      one of the strangest parts of the story

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  25. The underlying foundation for the memo is often presented as if without the dossier there would somehow have never been an investigation into any of Trumps people

    The problem? This memo proves without any possible doubt that the investigation into Trumps people predates the dossier – it shows the investigation into Papadopoulos began in March 2016 and was to counterintelligence level in July 2016

    Meanwhile, there is no evidence the dossier was even a thought before around the same July time, and wasn’t finished being compiled until Dec 2016.

    Kind of hard for a Dec 2016 document to trigger a March 2016 investigation

    If anything, this memo may end up proving that the investigation into Trumps people triggered the creation of the dossier, not the other way around as is obsessively insisted by certain people.

    ht rs

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    • No, the point of the memo is that the FBI used a fraudulent document in order to obtain a FISA survellance warrant against Carter Page so that they could illegally spy on then-candidate Trump.

      You’re welcome.

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    • abdiesus says:

      The only thing this would prove is that FBI & DOJ malfeasance predates the Trump campaign significantly, which of course most of us already knew or at least suspected. I for one, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone, would not be willing to give any benefit of the doubt TO ANY operation undertaken by the Obama DOJ/FBI. So your grand Backfire theory is stillborn. Even if it is true the only thing you will have bought yourself is a continuing gradual unraveling of, and increasing sunlight being shone on the very corrupt FBI/DOJ you seem to be wanting to defend.

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    • pcuser1 says:

      But remember all the illegal FISA searches taking place going back to at least 2012, but especially numerous during Obama’s last year in office. The memo didn’t even touch on Susan Rice or the hundreds of FISA abuses committed by Samantha Power. The dossier was needed to retroactively cover up for all those abuses, too.
      There’s no way a hearsay statement from a drunken bar patron would give any investigator enough to open an investigation and I doubt you’ll find any search warrants or subpoenas based on the drunk Greek’s bar antics. They didn’t spy on Trump based on that or use it to cover for all the illegal FISA searches. That’s why they needed the fake dossier.

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  26. Hotlanta Mike says:

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    • phoenixRising says:

      I believe they would do ANYTHING (including murder) to gain their objective.

      I pray for POTUS and his family everyday. Last September they learned of a plan to kidnap one of Don Jr.’s children. The plan was thwarted by Don Jr. releasing his S/S team and subbing his own protection.

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  27. Chickficshun says:

    Time to release bank statements. Fusion GPS bank statements.
    Carter Page needs to sue the FBI, Perkins Coie law firm and the Clinton campaign. Get their bank statements. I bet you anything you will see money transferred to the Papa guy. He was a plant. The russian chick was a plant as well.

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  28. History teaches says:

    Karl Deninger as usual is blunt and uncompromising, expecting literal perfection and undeviating accountability. His opinion about Trump will not be popular here, but his comments are provocative. Just posting this to show yet another opinion.

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232911

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    • MAJA says:

      Denninger believes that Trump is the problem now because there aren’t arrests happening RIGHT NOW. He’s very emotional and does not entertain opinions contrary to his opinions. I started reading his forum before the financial meltdown and learned so much, especially from the commentators. I started visiting the forum recently after a long hiatus, and was banned today because I shared that the nunes memo is just the beginning and while it would be emotionally satisfying to see immediate arrests, there is a much more important goal that will be achieved if all the steps are followed. He apparently didn’t like tgat!😁

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    • Little Berkeley Conservative says:

      Deninger voted for Obama.

      I’ll leave it at that!

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  29. phoenixRising says:

    Excellent article in American Thinker… here’s excerpt

    “… It is clear then, that the field office is where cases are investigated, not at FBIHQ; further, investigations are not top-driven. It is also clear that field offices are largely apolitical whereas FBIHQ is exactly the opposite by nature. This dichotomy of function has made it difficult for political bias to impose itself. To put it more strongly, this framework makes it quite difficult for any group — or cabal — to corrupt an FBI investigation.

    It therefore remains quite striking, as some have sought to deny, that the Mrs. Clinton servergate espionage investigation was conducted directly from FBIHQ and therefore outside of the aforesaid usual and normal framework.

    Now, from time to time, some investigations have been so conducted. It may make some sense to have an investigation conducted from FBIHQ; for instance, when an investigation stretches across several field offices (the crash of TWA Flight 800) or if it involves an occurrence outside of the United States (the U.S.S. Cole bombing in Yemen).

    But these two investigations — concerning the Cole and TWA 800 — were complex investigations. Yet there was nothing complex per se about the Clinton servergate-espionage investigation. It was such an open-shut affair that even given the massaged and extremely fake FBIHQ-run investigation there was such overwhelming evidence of guilt that Comey had to resort to the most fervid tergiversations in order to evade recommending indictment.

    Therefore it is not quite correct to say, “The Mrs. Clinton espionage investigation was fake because it was conducted out of FBIHQ.” It is, however, not at all incorrect to say, “Because the Mrs. Clinton espionage investigation was conducted out of FBIHQ, it was easier to politicize it, to massage it, and indeed to corrupt it.”

    The next and last topic involves the investigation of the Trump campaign and administration by a special counsel foisted upon us by that hapless Rod Rosenstein.

    Most people do not realize that the FBI’s most important function is that of counterintelligence. It is the FBI and not some other agency which must counter — must fight — the professional intelligence services of other nations operating in and against the United States.

    Theoretically, there are two ways to go about doing this. One is to investigate every American. After all, the foreign intelligence officers need to obtain the nation’s secrets or subvert its processes, and it can’t do that without the help, witting or unwitting, of Americans.

    But that approach would be, to say the least, un-American.

    The other approach is to watch the foreign intelligence officers.

    The usual rules do not apply in the spooky world. Foreign intelligence officers need not be suspected of a crime to be investigated. Their phones can be “tapped,” as it were, pursuant to orders not from a regular court, but from the FISA court. Any activities they engage in to influence anything at all would be monitored and even countered.

    Most Americans, one would think, understand, in some inchoate manner, that it is always possible that some foreign spook has or may try to harm America. They are not against the idea that this be looked at. This attitude is not incorrect.

    And indeed the Special Counsel’s unpredicated investigation is maintained by this attitude. It holds on to its last shreds of legitimacy only by means of it. Yet it rests upon a perversion of the usual FBI counterintelligence mandate. We as a people do not investigate each other just on the odd chance that someone somewhere is guilty of something. That would be a witch hunt.

    The author is a former FBI agent, awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement (NIMA)

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/02/other_secrets_of_the_fbi.html#.WnYBXxKxzV0.twitter.

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  30. D. Manny says:

    2016-03-10 Rick Wilson tweets: I wish I had control of The Thing https://twitter.com/orpi35/status/708179298310443012
    2016-03-11 Rick WIlson tweets about “The thing” again, indicating it is not his property
    ————————————————–
    “The Thing” is referring to the peepee dossier. The timing is very interesting for the following reasons:

    1. It predates when Fusion GPS was hired by Perkins Coie by over a month.
    2. It’s three months before Christopher Steele was ever hired.
    3. In a later appearance on the news, Wilson states that he has been working with opposition researchers.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JOdacaSPRccFxVTth38aXU8mWcxhk76lJuGrxYeJ7AU/edit?usp=sharing

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  31. Maybe a video to share with those just starting to wonder what is going on…

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  32. Mr. T. says:

    Some of you may have seen this article, the one about an alleged FBI agent who is leaving the bureau and their reason why. First, let me say that the person who wrote that letter if full of crap. There are problems within the FBI, especially on the 7th floor, where management has their offices. It goes even further than that. Judicial Watch is on record as stating that there are several field offices, who, while under the control of the Obama administration, have either gone rogue or somewhat rogue. Judicial Watch goes even further by stating that the FBI’s field office in El Paso, Texas, has been out of control for quite some time. Them I believe. A letter posted by the New York Times I don’t.

    It’s no secret that there are a lot of good agents at the FBI. Many of those same good agents felt betrayed and let down, over Jim Comey and his goon squad on the 7th floor’s mishandling of the Clinton Email investigation. The agency currently has a black eye, as does the DOJ, and as a result, many good field agents are taking heat from something they had no control over. It happens, the same way it does at any police department around the country who has one or more bad cops on the force that eventually get caught and prosecuted for their dirty deeds. That comes with the territory. Eventually, that black eye heals and public trust is restored in that department’s officers over time.

    Like it or not, there are safeguards that have been put into place so that the FBI and the DOJ have congressional oversight, otherwise, they would take a backward walk down Memory Lane, and would be run by misguided controlling people like J. Edgar Hoover. In fact, it was because of the extortion type tactics that Hoover was known for, as to the reason why there will be no more lifetime appointments for current and future directors of the FBI.

    I believe like many other people do, especially those in law enforcement at the FBI, that James Comey was a dirty cop. So too are McCabe, Baker, Strzok, Page, and a good number of others that extend to the DOJ, including Ohr and even Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates. We watched as our IRS was weaponized against conservative groups on Obama’s watch. We also watched how difficult it became for our congress to do anything about it. Too many people in positions of power in Washington, D.C., as well as at other federal government offices across the country, have learned to play the plausible deniability game. When the buck stopped at Lois Lerner’s feet, she took the 5th. She should have been prosecuted for her crimes. Instead, she was allowed to retire and now receives a pension exceeding $100K per year. That’s justice? Then there’s McCabe, who unless his employment at the FBI is terminated for cause BEFORE his terminal leave expires and he then is officially retired, he too will have slipped through the system. In fact, there are many others who should have had their employments terminated. Page, Strzok and Ohr are just a few of the names that come to mind.

    Yes, there’s pain being felt by the professionals at the FBI and the DOJ, professionals who take their jobs seriously and live up to the oath they all took when they first started their jobs. For them, I feel their pain. I also know that they will get through this. Hopefully that housecleaning needed about both the FBI and the DOJ will be accomplished before too long, so that they can all put this behind them while serving under management that actually has integrity and will run those respective agencies in an honorable way, earning the trust that should never have been lost in the first place, by the very people they have all sworn to protect and serve.

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    • mimbler says:

      Josh just revealed himself to be a dirty cop in my eyes.

      In the Federal agency I worked in, we were delighted when corruption was targeted and rooting for the bad guys to go to jail.

      His reaction, coupled with the FBI corruption that has been made public, shows he’s rooting for the criminals.

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      • AmericaFirst says:

        Either way, he is lending support to the MSM defense that this is all a “partisan” matter, rather than a criminal matter. We have to nip that in the bud. Every time.

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      • Gil says:

        Ah yup. I think I agree with you Mimbler. I know leo and no one has problems with Trump. Everyone knows those at the top in so many cases are cronies and possibly, not always, dirty.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      QUOTE:

      “After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.”

      Bullcaca.

      How much is this partisan mouthpiece getting paid for this ridiculous Op-ed??

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  33. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Rosenstein went nuts begging Ryan a few weeks ago NOT to release the memo. Now, it is reported that he threatened members of the House Intel committee to back off or else. It is reported that he tried to talk Trump out of declassifying the Memo this week. How is Grassley going to get the DOJ to approve the release of his Memo? Rosey will not permit it.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Actually, this puts Rosenstein between a rock and a hard place with no way out. He’s going to be made to cut his own throat, one way or another.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Rosenstein + McCabe signed the 3rd renewal — July 18th, 2017 to spy on the Trump Team.

      He KNOWS darn well there was ZERO evidence to base that renewal on and he very much does NOT want the public to realize he is a dirty UNINDICTED CROOK.

      (I will leave the rest of my thoughts unwritten… 😈 )

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  34. Hotlanta Mike says:

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  35. Joe says:

    I’m starting to wonder if some of the Uniparty Repubs who are retiring have colluded with the GOPe to vacate their seats for more radical candidates to replace them.

    Just Suspicious Cat thinking.

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    • goddessoftheclassroom says:

      I think rather that they’re not willing to tangle with President Trump.

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    • It's 5 O'clock Somewhere says:

      I think there might be some credence to your line of thinking. VSGPDJT lost Minnesota by the smallest margin….soooo close. Anyway Tim Pawlenty is most likely going to run for Gov here. Since Trump lost by so little the GOPe here are trying to ride the Red wave here but going to install “their” people.
      T Paw is a stooge for Tom Donohue the CoC pig. Fund raising here for the GOP has been nil from the big buck donors until Pawlentys name was floated
      Just my 2 cents

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  36. Turranos says:

    The Schiff – The Fan

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  37. South Col says:

    I told you.
    Wray has just sent a message to all FBI employees telling them to carry on as usual.
    No-one suspended or sacked preparatory to charges.
    It’s like nothing happened.
    For Sessions too.
    The Untouchables.

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    • rf121 says:

      Read up thread.
      six senior leaders of the FBI/DOJ have been reassigned or fired based on facts that have come out of the work of the inspector general.

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  38. South Col says:

    Reassigned is nothing.
    Fired, who’s that? The FBI lawyer, sort of, a “mutual agreed parting”.
    McCabe? He was retiring in March and went early but still on accumulated “terminal leave”.
    Zero.

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    • rf121 says:

      You’re right. It’s hopless. Might as well throw in the towel. No need for you to read or comment here any more as it does not matter after all.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Interesting DOJ Press Releases since Jan 24
      Justice Department Demands Documents and Threatens to Subpoena 23 Jurisdictions As Part of 8 U.S.C. 1373 Compliance Review

      Former Virginia Attorney Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Laundering and Attempting to Launder Over $2 Million

      Former Detroit-Based Technology Company CEO Indicted for Multi-Year Bribery Scheme

      Government Contractor Charged in $2.6 Million Fraud Scheme

      Arkansas State Senator Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Money Laundering and Bank Fraud

      Former Missouri Elected Official and His Chief of Staff Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

      Additional Members of Detroit-Based Gang “YNS” Charged with Racketeering, Kidnapping, and Trafficking Crack Cocaine

      Former Virginia Detective Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting Minors

      Former Contractor at Military Sealift Command Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud

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  39. Doppler says:

    Granted, Sundance, that this Nunes to Grassley to Goodlatte to Horowitz triple play ball is a marvel of suspense and coordination, and forces grudging publicity around each step, but I am still frustrated by the slow pace. Sure it may force a prisoners’ dilemma onto Steele and his contacts at DOJ, providing the leverage to pry out more light on the dossier and its role in the FBI’s process, but there is so much more that doesn’t appear to be under scrutiny, unless Horowitz comes through with many guns blazing and at targets that are not even being discussed today. Like,

    Why was Manafort indicted for lobbying for Ukraine’s Russia sympathizers long ago, in league with the Podesta Group?
    Was there anything on the Weiner laptop that is inconsistent with Comey’s conclusion not to indict, and did anyone other than Peter Strzok review it?
    What’s on DWS’s laptop that Imran Awan stole?
    When CFIUS approved the Uranium One transaction, why was a then-ongoing DOJ investigation of a Russian affiliate of the buyer of UO that led to multiple indictments for foreign corrupt practices and bribery not taken into account and shared by DOJ with the other agencies on CFIUS who approved it?
    Why was Walter Campbell, a lobbyist allied with the Podesta Group in representing Russia in the Uranium One transaction, who was so appalled by what appeared to be corruption, with his Russian clients telling him in taped conversations that they expected to buy approval by making multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation, that he approached the FBI to be a confidential informant, why was he put under a gag order (only recently lifted) to prevent him from talking about his evidence with Congress?
    What was Crowdstrike doing under contract with the FBI from July 2015 to June 2016, were they involved in examining Hillary’s server, or were they given illegal access to NSA Query data capabilities to spy on US citizens?
    Why hasn’t the FBI under Trump-Sessions-Wray insisted on examining the DNC server directly, rather than continuing to rely upon Crowdstrike’s conclusions?
    What does Nellie Fox have to say for herself about her work for Fusion GPS and any relationship between that and her husband Bruce Ohr’s senior role in the Obama DOJ?
    Was it really just coincidence that Seth Rich was at a party of dem tech geeks with Imran Awan the day he was murdered?
    What proof does Julian Assange have to back up his statement that it was not the Russians who sent him the DNC emails?
    And why are Strzok, Page, Ohr, and others still on the public payroll?

    Yes the good Senators and Congressmen are putting a few facts inconsistent with the Resist Trump narrative out in a way that mainstream media have to cover them (if only to condescendingly explain why all Republicans are idiots), but at this pace we won’t get to the bottom of this before the 2020 election.

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  40. Sassy says:

    It’s interesting that they used the word “briefed” in the UK court case, referring to Steele talking to the media.

    In the news article cited in the FISA application, Isikoff specifically wrote, “according to multiple sources who have been BRIEFED on the issue.”

    When I read that phrase, I took it to mean multiple government officials who received intelligence briefings. Now we have to consider that Isikoff used the phrase deliberately to convey the impression that his anonymous sources (multiple sources!) were people in authority instead of that the ultimate source was Steele “briefing” multiple reporters about the story he and his bosses wanted planted in the media.

    The media lie by omission, by parsing, by using misleading language to give a false impression, and by lending “credence” to a story by acting as if “multiple” people shared the same information independently, when the truth is that they all got the information from the same person.

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  41. Pam says:

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  42. DesertRain says:

    Sundance…. I believe there are 2 major versions of the Steele Dossier referenced across the testimony and court docs. Version 1 in October 2016. Version 2 in Jan 2017.

    Glenn Simpson: “without my knowledge and against my wishes”. ….. Version 2
    Now compare that to UK Court Response from Christopher Steele: “at fusion’s instruction”.
    Version 1

    Steele continued to received additional intelligence from his sources AFTER he was fired from the FBI in October. So version 2 has additional reporting. Version 2 was given to MCCain and published in Buzzfeed.

    Want to recheck my data to be sure… but thought I’d post a note since you are also looking at this.

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  43. Carrie2 says:

    Just adding this comment: have you noticed the look on Grassley face reminds you of the cat’s dubious look? Twins looks for sure.

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  44. Jason says:

    The ironic thing is Grassley once went down this road before but met serious roadblocks during Vulgar Betrayal. Jamil Sarsour, Robert Mueller, Rice, etc. Oh yes, it’s time to set things right now that you are allowed to do your job and I am positive you are very happy about that.

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